Share your story with the world and connect with like-minded advocates on the I Open Access platform. All acceptable entries will be showcased by I Open Access accordance with BioMed Central’s Terms of Use*.

• In one sentence, answer the question “Why Open Access?” 

• Print out the “I Open Access Storyboard” and write your answer on the front of it.

• Send a photo of you holding your storyboard to

Optimize your page by including the following information along with your emailed submission:

• Up to 500 words elaborating on your achievements in your field and why you support open access to research

• Up to three links to professional social media/blog sites or a portfolio of research/CV

• Other Biodata such as your Institution, Position, Country, and ORCID ID number

Stay tuned as more “OA Stories” are uploaded to the Why I Open Access gallery and additional features for your OA stories are  unveiled.

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